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‘Jaipur By Night’ concludes on the glittering notes

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The 5th edition of the three-day cultural festival ‘Jaipur by Nite’ concluded on Saturday late night with a unique night marathon. Around 1500 runners participated in the marathon. It was flagged off by brand ambassador for the marathon Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of erstwhile Jaipur royal family at 10 pm.

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‘Jaipur By Nite’ was jointly organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Young Indians (YI), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan. Rajasthan Khadi & Village Industries Board and the Department of Archaeology & Museums also supported the initiative.

On the occasion Swaraag Band performed the musical programme while Ms. Neela Singh performed scintillating ‘Zumba’.

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The unique night marathon began from the City Palace. There were two categories – for 10 kms run (with timing chip) and for 5 kms (without timing chip). The route for the 10 kms run was from City Palace to Gandhi Circle on JLN Marg and back and that for the 5 kms run was from City Palace to SMS Hospital Gate No. 6 and back. The marathon, like last year, was a distinct activity and unique initiative wherein the participants joined from various parts of the country to witness and promote beauty and heritage of Pink City at night. Ambassadors of Fiji, Poland; three senior diplomats from Greece; diplomats from Kongo and Uganda as well as participants from Indore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and many other places took part. IAS officer Kuldeep Ranka and his wife Poornima Ranka participated in the 10 km marathon while Ashwani Bhagat and his wife participated in the 5 km run.

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The winner of the 2nd edition of Jaipur By Nite Marathon was Mr. Ajay Kumar (34.39) while Mr. Abhimanyu Gurjar (36.22) and Mr. Shivendra Singh (36.47) finished second and third, respectively. In female category, Ms. Kiranjeet (51.02) finished first.

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Members of the Indian National Polo team Mr. Angad Kalan, Sidhant Sharma, Pranav Kapur including National Coach Uday Kalan and Fitness Coach Ajay Singh also participated in the marathon.

The two-day food festival entitled ‘The Bite Fest’ concluded yesterday. The fest had stalls from Burger Farm, Decked up by ‘Garden Café’, Fat Lulu’s, Crunchy Gourmet, TGIH, Papa Cream, Keventers, What a Patty, Liquido, Zarpar, Clarks Amer, Hilton and Chokhi Dhani.

The other attractions for the evening were Rajasthani troupe performances like Kachhi Ghodi, Bhope Bhopi, Dhol wale, Ghoomar dancers, Kaalbelia, astrologer and mehendi artists,etc.

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What you should look forward to at Talk Journalism

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Talk Journalism is the next big thing happening in Jaipur and it starts in tomorrow. With the advent in technology the biggest hike the biggest amount of technology startups have definitely happened in the media industry. The reach of media has now penetrated every nook and corner of the country and none of us have been left untouched by the same.

The youth of the country, which also accounts for largest part of population in India, is the biggest user of the mass media. Not only is youth a receiver but also the biggest contributor in the same too. Today a large no. of start ups in India are being run by the youth itself. Many more youngsters are trying to make a name for them in this huge and ever evolving media industry. Luckily for the youth of Jaipur, Talk Journalism 2017 is coming up with so many amazing opportunities to learn and make a place for them.

For those looking to carve a space in the media industry, here are few Talks and Workshops at #TJ2017 they should not miss-

Workshops by Google, Youtube and Twitter

Who better then these media giants to give you an insight about functioning of digital media?  Youtube and Twitter are two of the biggest social media platforms in today’s time and have an undisputed global reach. Similarly Google is the largest search engine in today’s time and learning from people running the show at the back end of these companies is nothing short of excellence.

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Talk by Gaurav Hajela, Co—Founder of Jaipur Beat (Digital Magazine)

Jaipur Beat, today is the biggest digital platform in the pink city Jaipur and the students of mass communication and journalism in the city will get an opportunity to listen to Mr. Gaurav Hajela, Pioneer of Social Media in Rajasthan, a Social Media and Branding Consultant and also a seasoned photographer and ad film maker. His talk on how the role of Digital Media industry is shaping up in this city is sure to help students in finding their place in this industry.

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Storytelling Workshop by Kommune

Kommune, a leading community of artists, producers, patrons and art lovers will be presenting a storytelling workshop at the event. The session followed by a workshop will have artists like Tess Joseph, Shamir Reubena and Hussain Haidry. In case you are interested in sharing your stories, this is the best platform.

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Student Newsroom

Apart from all the learning that youngsters will get at the event, they will also get a chance to showcase their talent too. Student newsroom, a contest by Talk Journalism, gives the students of mass communication and journalism a chance to submit stories, created by them and the winners will get a chance to be published nationally within a month from the event.

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Apart from the amazing contests, workshops and talks the youth of the city and media enthusiasts have a chance to network with the high profile people of the industry. We are sure that you are not going to miss this chance. 🙂 

Venue: Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur

Date: 28th July – 30th July 2017

Register Online: http://www.talkjournalism.in/tj-online-registration/

Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Most people are familiar with the proud center of art & crafts and in fact a lot more than that with Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning,  JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. No doubt, when the place is so unique and the location is worth shooting it is common to capture the same by one and all using own artistic spin.

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Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. A contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology.

IMG_0035 copyJKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open.

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This multi-arts center has been created  with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts and it was in 1993 that JKK was open to the cultural connoisseurs. 

IMG_9932 copyBuilt by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts, JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called the Vastu Vidya.

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The main building contains six exhibition galleries, open air theatre, auditoriums, dormitories, and coffee house.

IMG_0135 copyEach section of the building resembles the characteristics of the respective planet; for instance, the library is located in the Jupiter section, which attributes to knowledge and wisdom.

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The murals from the Jain mythology, the charts and paintings on the ceiling of the central dome formulate the exceptional nature of JKK.

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However, while preserving the cultural heritage and art of the state, JKK saw age catching up as far as maintenance of its building was concerned. Hence, it was revived and refurbished in 2016.

IMG_0700 copyWith the new lighting and the red sandstone could once again be seen shining clean and attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.

IMG_0079 copyRight from the entrance till the exit, every corner, center and even the smallest parts of Jawahar Kala Kendra either tell or make a story.

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The building is designed with walls bearing paintings, murals, all of them based on astronomy and cosmology, but there are some which also give an honest tribute to art and theatre.

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One of the oldest and most iconic coffee houses of Jaipur – Indian Coffee House, houses in its newly revamped look an admirable mural of Ebrahim Alkazi – a living legend who is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers belonging to 20th-century Indian theatre. 

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The Coffee House in the lunar section portrays the less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy through the paintings and creativity shown here; even on the coffee – tables. Every table depicts a different phase of Moon as seen in a painting at the coffee house.

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Adjoining the main building of JKK, a rural complex housed in it 9.5 acre complex known as Shilpgram is the venue for fairs, haat bazaars and festivals.

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Let’s take a walk through this ultimate hub of arts and crafts through this video-

It’s not just literary big leagues; art and culture with heritage backdrop will jazz up the JLF sessions

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As we are already excited about the Jaipur Literature Festival, which will host some of the most renowned literary heavyweights, an announcement on Friday about two “Heritage Evenings” is all set to raise the bar of the event to a new level. Rajasthan Tourism has collaborated with the Literature Festival this year to showcase poetry and music against the backdrop of two of Jaipur’s heritage monuments — the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal on January 20 and 21.

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Replicating an “East meets West” scenario, the celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and polular Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire will mesmerize visitors with their readings in a session named “Rhythm and Rhyme.” This evening of poetry readings will be held at Amber Fort on January 20 and will bring voices from two sides of the globe, followed by a sarod Recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan,  India’s second highest civilian honour.

“Mujre Se Multiplex Tak,” will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal on the following evening.

Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.

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“With the support of Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will celebrate the wonderful cultural and architectural heritage of the city of Jaipur through the Festival’s Heritage Evenings!  The exclusively curate evenings will offer an experience that uniquely places cultural performances within the context of the city’s built heritage and allows audiences to engage with these significant places in a new dimension.

This year’s list of speakers at the lit fest sees a host of Man Booker winners and nominees check out whom to listen in our next blog!

Rajasthan has its own Madame Tussauds moment; Wax Museum inaugurated in Nahargarh Fort-Jaipur

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A beautiful feather has been added to Rajasthan tourism with the inauguration of wax museum and unveiling of the statue of Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

The Jaipur Wax Museum, which has wax sculptures of around 25 personalities, was opened on Saturday at the Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the Pink City.

Bollywood actor Govinda, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Ahuja inaugurated the museum and unveiled the statue of mega star Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Kudos to the makers and operating team at the museum that they could make it happen, because it is tough task to maintain the wax temperature as it might melt due to scorching heat in Rajasthan.

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Since the museum is open for all, people of the Pink City and tourists would get to see the sculpture of the famous celebrities, leaders, personalities from history and great warriors like Maharana Pratap and Sawai Jai Singh here.

 

Jaipur Art Summit showcases Message in the Puppets

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Weaving the magic of art and colors Jaipur Art Summit began with a fresh wave as a delight for every art connoisseur. On a crisp winter afternoon, one need not walk around the unwinding streets of city to see the colors anymore but simply step inside the famous Ravindra Manch, at Ramniwas garden Jaipur, and witness a palette of colors which is being displayed on various formats like canvas, visual and digital art, art installations, sculptures and other contemporary and folk-centric expressions by national and international artists.

As you enter the gate, there stands a big canvas where every one is free to float in the spirit of art. Though every art piece is worth a mention but here we are talking about the one that caught everyone’s attention. A tree in the center garden with one huge puppet and dozens of other puppets (Kathputli) hanging on it. Made from wood and dressed in colorful and intricate native attires, decorated with bindi, borla, necklace, bajuband, bangles, embellished with gotta each and every puppet (Kathputli) stands out.

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The sight is so beautiful that for some time you will mistake it for a beautiful paradise of another world. As we stopped and looked they were just not puppets that we usually witness on any Jaipur street and are normally sold as a celebrated art form of Rajasthan.

But there lies a story attached to each puppet, the story of every woman, who is empowered. As soon as you notice one name, you will be more inclined to read all- Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Mary Com, Kalpana Chawala and many alike who have made their place in this man’s world. Each puppet depicting the role of woman in our society, her abilities, her presence, her individuality, her dedication and sacrifice.

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Such a captivating artwork must have come out by some famous experienced artists. Well, this is what we thought exactly. But we were utterly surprised to meet these young and budding Artists Vrinda Haldia from Jaipur and Uma Kant Meena from a small town of Bundi.

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And this is what the two artists had to say about their art work-

“We have conceived this idea to reveal the multifaceted roles of women in front of the society-said Vrinda. She added further- The use of latest tech gadgets (iPhone, laptop etc as props with puppets signifies the power of women and how easy it is for her to handle each sphere in a dignified way besides handling the household chores, (while pointing towards one puppet with a rolling pin)

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“ As I belong to this small town of Rajasthan – Bundi, I have seen women of my family doing nothing except household work. They did not go to school and are not allowed to work outside their home. As I moved to big city I have seen how the women roles here are different from the one at my village. Here girls are doing everything, going to school, working, they are doing business, some are entrepreneurs, they are not shy like village girls, they are free to do things of their choice. This multifaceted face of today’s city women inspired me to experiment the same concept so as to bridge the gap between a village and a city girl”- said Uma Kant Meena

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This 5-day festival promises an experience like never before and tops the wish-list of passionate artists and art-lovers. So, get ready to soak in the colorful, warm and festive spirit of the city during the ongoing art festival!

For more info about the festival, follow

https://www.facebook.com/jaipurartsummit/

8 beautiful places in Jaipur to witness Diwali lighting

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Diwali is just 2 days away and we know you are busy with cleaning, shopping, getting houses renovated/painted, or organizing Diwali parties😉 In this busy schedule of yours, pause for a second and think what makes Diwali so special. New clothes, a nip in the air, the faint smell of crackers, noise and excitement all around, and …lights !! We all light up our houses on Diwali in different ways, but every city has its own way of lighting itself up every year. Among all these cities, Jaipur shines in a way that it feels like it’s truly welcoming Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and dancing in joy and festivity. So let’s look at few places in Jaipur that you must not miss to see this Diwali🙂

  1. Johri Bazaar
    Johri bazaar, the market that is famous all over the world for its scintillating jewellery, especially made and found in Jaipur, is seen gleaming with lights on Diwali.c360_2016-10-27-22-10-42-888
  2. World Trade ParkNot a newbie anymore, World Trade Park stands as one of the most posh places in Jaipur to shop, eat, watch movies, hang out and what not. However, it comes as no surprise that WTP wraps itself in the spirits of Diwali in its own elite and glittering way.wtp
  3. Trimurti CircleThe circle dedicated to the martyrs of police force, is decorated subtly with flowers and is not to be missed as it is one of the most famous landmarks of pink city.trimurti-circle
  4. Motisons JewellersHaving one of the fanciest buildings in Jaipur, Motisons Jewellers leave no stone unturned when it comes to the festival of lights. Just like their gorgeous jewellery and interesting building, their Diwali lighting also stands out and makes a lot of heads turn !motisons
  5. Amer fortAlthough Amer fort is well lit all year round and stands as a symbol of pride and history in Jaipur, it oozes a different level of aura altogether on Diwali with its yellow sandstone shining brighter and looking like a golden castle in pink city.amer

    6. Raja ParkAn always crowded area of Jaipur, because of its versatility as it has the power to provide anything to a person ranging from a basic panipuri to a perfect wedding dress, Raja Park gives the feel of a beaming street lit on the festival of Diwali.

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    7. Albert Hall Museum

    The State museum of Rajasthan is lit in all the colors that one can only wish to see in a rainbow and even the pigeons that love to rest here are compelled to sit down and admire this exquisite architecture.

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    8. GT Bazaar

    The gem of Malviya Nagar for all the foodies and shopaholics, GT Bazaar is lit up and glowing like a thousand stars are falling from the sky to bless the earth this Diwali.

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    So keep all things aside, and take out some time to soak into the actual essence of Diwali – the festival of lights🙂